#MySundayPhoto – The Masters Apprentice.
Thomas Smith established The Royal Sussex Trug way back in 1819, just before Queen Victoria ascended the British Throne. Thomas Smith invented the Sussex Trug by reinventing the historic ‘Trog’ an idea dating back from Anglo Saxo times. In doing so, Thomas Smith had a profound effect on Sussex and the English Garden Scene as we Know it.
Finlay’s Grandad, Robin Purchased the company in 1989. Since then the company has had its fair share of ups and downs. The company was hit particularly hard by the recent recession, as were many small independent businesses. However, with passion a perseverance the company has come out fighting. Today it continues to go from strength to strength, selling Trugs all over the world. Some of its famous customers include HRM the Queen and Alan Titchmarsh!
For many years, Chris was the Master Trug Maker for the company, producing thousands upon thousands of handcrafted Trugs.… Read More
Welcome to my first ever Bump Watch post. It seems so long ago now when I first found out I was pregnant with Tiny Tuppen #2. In fact, I think initially, I was in a bit of denial. It wasn’t that this baby wasn’t planned or wanted, but I was smack bang in the middle of a work dispute. Chris and I had been discussing expanding our family earlier in the year, but when I was issued with my ‘At Risk of Redundancy’ notice. The sensible option was to wait and see if I still had a job.
I learnt my job was safe and babies once again became a topic of conversation. However, as the universe likes to test us, I was then told my working pattern no longer fitted the organisation. My hours were cut, and my working pattern completely changed. It left me in a very difficult situation financially.… Read More
EEEK, So I have been keeping this a secret for quite some time. We have a Tiny Tuppen due, our little family of three is going to become four!!
I haven’t really told many people, mainly because of all the issues I have had recently at work. I needed to get everything officially sorted before I let on. Luckily, this little babba has been good to me so far and I have only just begun to show at 17 and half weeks. Still easily disguise as bloating!! I will be letting work know tomorrow – anxiety is setting in!
Anyway, this is the best news I have had in such a long time, I am so excited. I will update with a more detailed post of this pregnancy so far and I really look forward to being able to document the rest of the pregnancy, but for now – Pink or Blue, whats your guess??… Read More
This is my first time taking part in a linky and I have chosen #mysundayphoto as I like the simplicity. I am still trying to get into the swing of things having only had my blog up and running about a month, so here goes, hope its right!
#MySundayPhoto this week is actually my favourite photo I have taken in a long time. We have had such a hard time the last few weeks with this little man. At three and a half he has really begun to push the boundaries, testing and pushing us at every turn. I feel I have spent the last month in a constant battle of wills (god knows what the neighbours must think!). Finlay is so stubborn and headstrong that every little thing is an assertion of his growing Independence. We decided to try something new with him today, to try and distract and occupy him.… Read More
Many of you that have found your way here probably already know Little Dish as producers of healthy pre packed Children’s meals made with 100% natural ingredients. Well the Founder Hillary Graves, has produced this Fantastic little cookbook with a wide selection of healthy recipes to cook together as a family!
I have had the Little Dish Family Cookbook for a good ten months now. Actually, I was super Lucky and won it in a competition last year, excited was an understatement! I am always on the look out for healthy new recipe’s that I can cook for the family and I knew that Little dish had released this. However, as I like to try and remain thrifty I tend to get my recipe’s of the internet, therefore I refrained from buying it. Winning it was a real Bonus!
I adore this book, its not just about cooking healthy wholesome meals for the whole family.… Read More
Anxiety is something that has been with me for as long as I can remember. Even as a small child I would worry about anything and everything. My main anxieties came from social interactions, I was painfully shy to the point of sometimes being mute. Although, this felt normal for me. I don’t believe any alarm bells ever rang, I was just quiet and shy and that was how I had always been. I was quiet little Heidi.
Growing with Anxiety
As a teenager, my shyness and anxiety became very intertwined. I only had a few friends and I found it near impossible to make new ones. My fear of social situations and interaction had a huge impact on my everyday life. I began to withdraw, and declined any invitation that may lead me to any kind of unplanned interaction with people. On the outside, no one would ever know.… Read More
We knew it was coming, it had been forecast, but waking up to the rain and grey skies was a tad gloomy. Especially after the glorious sunshine of the past few days. Apparently in the south we were hotter than Thailand, and it was glorious!
Rainy days come with mixed emotions in our house. I love the sunshine, the long days of summer. Chris on the other hand, can’t wait for autumn and the cozy storms it brings. Finlay, well come rain or shine he loves being out. However, he especially loves a play in the rain. He’s a typical boy as soon as there’s a puddle, he is in it. So when I asked him if he wanted to go out and splash in some puddles, I got a massive yes and he kissed my knee and said “THANK YOU MUMMY”!! He was happy. However, I know venturing out in the rain isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so I thought I would share some of our other rainy day activities to inspire you.… Read More
The Utter Confusion of the School applicant Process!
Seeing all the back to school photos on my news feed has sent my tummy to a bag of nerves. This year we will be starting the School Application Process! To be honest It has come round so quickly (I guess it does for everyone). I feel I know very little about the process, but I know from word of mouth and news feeds, its a scramble for any place. I know also, all the local schools to us have been oversubscribed for the past few years. I’m guessing that’s a bad thing!
We live in an area that has one definite school in catchment. This school has a great reputation, but it’s a church school. They hold 30 places for worshippers and 30 places for everyone else (this may drop if they have over 30 church applications). Then they follow the standard allocation procedure.… Read More
Well, this is my first blog post on Southern Mummy, so what better way to introduce myself than 25 Random facts about me!
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- I don’t know how I am thirty something, I still feel like a teenager (How can I be a parent!?!)
- I am Mummy to Finlay.
- My all time favourite film is Walt Disney’s ‘The Incredible Journey‘ from 1963.
- Cows hate me – They actually do!
- I love animals (even cows).
- I have two cats, Milo a 13 year old ginger moggie and Sebastian a 7 year l old posh Oriental.
- I am Extremely shy, especially around people I don’t know – it really annoys me!
- I don’t really have much dress sense – as long as its comfy, hey!
- I LOVE cherry pie and custard.
- I’m Dyslexic – I love to write, I’m not sure that’s the best combo, but I try!
- I have a pea head – I have to buy child hats and glasses as a result.